Just Another Deluded Cowboy – Horse Collaborative

The kind and natural approach

Several years ago, in search of an ethical alternative to the harsh and seemingly senseless mainstream training techniques, I began following a system of natural horsemanship. Much like the rest, the system used pressure and release—going to comfort and exercises such as desensitization. It supposedly taught the horse to respect you as the dominant leader based on the natural interactions of horses within a herd. We were assured that it was kind, in the horse’s best interest and of course, natural.

Unfortunately, what often gets sold to the well-meaning horse lover is not always as gentle as it’s made out to be. […]

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